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On the Prayer of Jesus Thousands Have Fallen In Love With The Anonymously Authored Book The Way Of A Pilgrim The Account Of An Ordinary Man S Encounter With The Eastern Orthodox Christian Practice Of The Jesus Prayer, Which Consists Of The Constant Repetition Of The Short Phrase, Lord Jesus Christ, Have Mercy Upon Me Here Is The Perfect Introduction To This Life Changing Practice, As It Was Taught By One Of The Great Spiritual Lights Of Russia Bishop Ignatius Brianchaniov Provides Wise Instruction And Advice Covering All Aspects Of The Practice, From How To Get Started, To Approaching Difficulties That Arise, To Dealing With Friends And Family Who Don T Get What You Re Doing, To Making This Prayer Also Called The Prayer Of The Heart The Foundation Of Your Life

  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • On the Prayer of Jesus
  • Ignatius Brianchaninov
  • English
  • 13 August 2019
  • 1590302788

About the Author: Ignatius Brianchaninov

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov 1807 1867 is a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church He was born Demetrius Alexandrovich Brianchaninov, to a wealthy landowning family He was educated at Pioneer Military School in St Petersburg Although successful in his studies he was deeply dissatisfied with the lay life and turned to a life of prayer In 1827 he fell seriously ill and left the army on this ground He began pursuing a monastic vocation and in 1831 took monastic vows and received the monastic name of Ignatius Soon after he was ordained a priest He rose rapidly to the rank of archimandrite and at the age of 26 was appointed superior of the Maritime Monastery of St Sergius in St Petersburg In 1857, he was consecrated Bishop of the Caucasus and the Black Sea, but he retired only four years later to devote himself to spiritual writing.He wrote a large amount of material, mostly about the spiritual life and prayer Only a small portion of his writing has been translated into English Although his writing was intended primarily for monks, his works are highly recommended for lay Christians by leading Orthodox figures such as Father Thomas Hopko.He was glorified canonized as a saint by the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church of 1988 His relics are preserved at the Tolga Monastery, near Yaroslavl.



10 thoughts on “On the Prayer of Jesus

  1. says:

    This book is the most secure introduction to Hesychasm for beginners Bishop Ignatius speak from personal experience, knowing all the most common mistakes and the deceitful beliefs that can leak into the mind of the inexperienced He quote the best of most sources like St John Climacus or the philokalia while avoiding the confusing parts.The only thing I didn t like is a few points where he characterizes the error of Roman Catholic prayer in an uniformed and simplistic way, this is because of t This book is the most secure introduction to Hesychasm for beginners Bishop Ignatius speak from personal experience, knowing all the most common mistakes and the deceitful beliefs that can leak into the mind of the inexperienced He quote the best of most sources like St John Climacus or the philokalia while avoiding the confusing parts.The only thing I didn t like is a few points where he characterizes the error of Roman Catholic prayer in an uniformed and simplistic way, this is because of the biased russian sources Bishop Ignatius had and not a fault of his own

  2. says:

    This book is pitched as something you can read if you want to learn how to do hesychastic prayer or the Jesus Prayer However, despite being referred to on the actual cover as an ideal guide to the practice of the Jesus Prayer, you quickly learn that this book is mostly a lot of rambling and very little actual advice Of the advice given, a good portion essentially tells normal lay people, who are not in monasteries, that they should not attempt such prayer, beyond the most basic levels Skip This book is pitched as something you can read if you want to learn how to do hesychastic prayer or the Jesus Prayer However, despite being referred to on the actual cover as an ideal guide to the practice of the Jesus Prayer, you quickly learn that this book is mostly a lot of rambling and very little actual advice Of the advice given, a good portion essentially tells normal lay people, who are not in monasteries, that they should not attempt such prayer, beyond the most basic levels Skip this book

  3. says:

    Good sourcebook and a nice window into how the Jesus Prayer was understood during St Ignatius s time Although I felt the information inside wasoriented towards a monastic audience.

  4. says:

    Written in the mid nineteenth century, this is not a typical 20th or 21st century spiritual self help kind of book, although the subtitle is The classic guide to the practice of unceasing prayer as found in The Way of a Pilgrim Very repetitive, this is nonetheless a valuable book for anyone interested in getting intotheological and practical detail about the Jesus Prayer Idefinitely would recommend The Way of a Pilgrim as a first stop, and if that doesn t interest and inspire a reade Written in the mid nineteenth century, this is not a typical 20th or 21st century spiritual self help kind of book, although the subtitle is The classic guide to the practice of unceasing prayer as found in The Way of a Pilgrim Very repetitive, this is nonetheless a valuable book for anyone interested in getting intotheological and practical detail about the Jesus Prayer Idefinitely would recommend The Way of a Pilgrim as a first stop, and if that doesn t interest and inspire a reader, then I wouldn t think this would be of much use Brianchaninov at one point suggests that pursuit of the Jesus Prayer isa call than one among many options whether that s accurate or not, this would seem to be slightlyadvanced material.One of the most interesting aspects of this book was, for me, reading it after Irina Tweedie s Daughter of Fire and seeing some very interesting comparisons with her discussions of kundalini energy, vibrations, and the Sufi la illallah practice repeating the name of God devotionally, I think , and this book s descriptions of possible responses to a deep and intense practice of the Jesus Prayer That bearsdetailed reading, but nevertheless, although I m sure Brianchaninov would be horrified at the idea, there are many aspects that are quite congruent with mystical paths of other traditions After all, the person practicing is seeking union with Christ, for which pure attention and presence are required.The things that made it tiresome at times for me were 1 the claim that the Jesus Prayer is for all Christians, not just monks, alternating with the assumption that the reader is a monk living in a monastery or even hermit dwelling, and warning of the dangers of unsupervised practice then claiming that there are really no great spiritual directors left, so you re never going to find one anyway and 2 the repetition and repetition and repetition over and over and over again I read a lot of spiritual classics and I think I could say that most of them are repetitive and rely on frequent use of scriptural quote within sentences in this book, there were 10 in the first 9 pages , and I usually enjoy that, but perhaps Brianchaninov s writing isn t particularly compelling to me.The notes and bibliography all provided by translator and editor, I d guess are particularly good they reference other sources I d like to follow up on Interestingly, they mostly point to Greek Orthodox sources the Philokalia and other writings rather than the Russian Orthodox literature such as the Little Russian Philokalia volumes, even though Brianchaninov is Russian The exception being, of course, The Way of a Pilgrim, which is also published in a very good critical edition put out by the Classics of Western Spirituality series although this is clearly Eastern spirituality, not to nitpick called The Pilgrim s Tale which sounds very Chaucerian, doesn t it and in fact there s an old anti monastic poem, middle English, I think, that is entitled The Pilgrim s Tale

  5. says:

    A book with a lot of insightful passages and helpful warnings Not the first book on the subject I would go to, and certainly not a simple one for the beginner Nonetheless the gems I found in it were worth the read.

  6. says:

    A two star rating for lay people and probably a five star for monastics The last five pages were practical and helpful, and there were some golden nuggets scattered throughout, but I did not find the rest of the book a tool I can use.

  7. says:

    An interesting look at the history of the Jesus Prayer with warnings to not take this prayer lightly One must use caution and embrace humility honestly to avoid falling into the trap of pride.

  8. says:

    Incredibly boring Repeats itself over and over.

  9. says:

    Very helpful book The first half is better than the second half.

  10. says:

    Highly recommended for those sincerely seeking to understand and practice the Jesus Prayer.

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